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  • Biosurfactants are surface-active substances synthesised by living cells. They have the properties of reducing surface tension, stabilising emulsions, promoting foaming and are generally non-toxic and biodegradable.
  •  Biosurfactants enhance the emulsification of hydrocarbons, have the potential to solubilise hydrocarbon contaminants and increase their availability for microbial degradation. Biosurfactant producing microorganisms may play an important role in the accelerated bioremediation of hydrocarbon contaminated sites.
  • The water-soluble derivatives with low degree of esterification represent novel anionic polymeric biosurfactants exhibiting emulsifying ability for oil/water type emulsions as well as good performance properties. Rhamnolipid biosurfactants are alternatives to common surfactants such as nonylphenol ethoxylate, which has come under scrutiny for its potential environmental toxicity.
  • Biosurfactants are surface active substances derived from living organisms, mainly from microorganisms. At present biosurfactants are readily bio- degradable and can be produced from renewable and cheaper substrates, they might be able to replace their chemically synthesized counter parts. Among the heterogeneous group of biosurfactants, the rhamnose containing glycolipids produced by Pseudomonas.
  • Various types of biosurfactant are synthesized by a number of microbes particularly during their growth on water-immiscible substrates. A majority of biosurfactants are produced by bacteria.
  • Biosurfactant produced from water insoluble substrates such as used oils reduced the surface tension of water to below 29 dynes/cm. The biosurfactant was produced during the growth phase. The produced biosurfactant increased the apparent solubility of naphthalene from 32 to over 500 mg/L. 
  • Soil washing with biosurfactants reduces soil cleaning time more than 3 times. 80 80-90 % of washed out oil can be re reused used. Only complex soil cleaning technologies can be used as effective, short short-term and multipurpose. Soil polluted by high concentration of oil can not be cleaned using biological soil cleaning methods.
  • Biosurfactant technology can be an effective and nondestructive method for bioremediation of cadmium and lead contaminated soil.
  • A technology for production of biosurfactants with moisturizing properties equivalent to those of natural ceramides is established using yeast cells and vegetable oils. The developed technology reduces production costs to one tenth of natural ceramide products.
  • Most of the biosurfactants are high molecular weight lipid complexes which are normally produced under highly aerobic conditions. This is achievable in their ex-situ production in aerated bioreactors. When their large scale application in petroleum and soil is encountered, their in-situ production would be advantageous.
  • Flavobacterium sp. Flavolipid represents an entirely new class of biosurfactants. Some believes that this new class of biosurfactants will be of interest for potential use in a wide variety of industrial and biotechnology applications. At present, bioremediation enhanced processes, using bio-surfactants, have relied on the direct introduction of biosurfactants into the contaminated site.
  • Biosurfactant producers constituted between 10– 35 % of the aerobic heterotrophic bacterial population. The majority of the Ft. Lupton and Tall Grass Prairie samples had biosurfactant producing populations at approximately 1 %. Tulsa Rose Garden soils have a higher percentage of biosurfactant producers over the Ft. Lupton and Tall Grass Prairie soils. The fraction of biosurfactant producers was three times the level in the RST soil than in the Tulsa Rose Garden soil
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has considered rhamnolipid biosurfactant in light of the relevant safety factors in the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 and under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and has not identified any dietary or non-dietary exposure issues that may affect the U.S. population in general, including infants and children.
  • International Access Corporation in association with the Center for International Science and Technology Policy at the George Washington University has undertaken a comprehensive analysis of three important fields within the U.S. biotechnology industry:
    tissue engineering, bio-related devices, and advanced bio-processes.
  • The enormous diversity of biosurfactants makes them an interesting group of materials for application in many areas such as agriculture, public health, food, health care, waste utilization, and environmental pollution control such as in degradation of hydrocarbons present in soil .
  • Technology for the production of Biosurfactants is developed in India
  • The detergent, personal care and consumer product sectors utilize nearly 60% of all surfactants and, apart from a few major industrial uses, these areas will afford the main potential for the development of new, high tonnage surfactants
General Information
  • Biosurfactant
  • General Introduction
  • Natural Roles of Biosurfactants
  • Rhamnolipids, Sophorolipids and Other Simple Glycolipids
  • Biosurfactants Based on Partially Esterified -Carboxymethyl- starch
  • Correlation between Biosurfactant Synthesis and Microbial Degradation of Crude oil Hydrocarbons
  • Biosurfactant Chemical Structure
  • Green Chemistry Is A Guide For Industrial Biotechnology


  • Biosurfactant production by Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Overproduction, purification, and characterization of the Trichoderma reesei hydrophobin HFBI
  • Microbial production of biosurfactants and their importance
  • In Situ Biosurfactant Production by Bacillus Strains Injected into a Limestone Petroleum Reservoir 
  • Low-cost fermentative medium for biosurfactant production by probiotic bacteria
  • Biosurfactants from marine microorganisms
  • Microbial Production of Surfactants and Their Commercial Potential
  • rhlA is required for the production of a novel biosurfactant promoting swarming motility in Pseudomonas aeruginosa 
  • Production of biosurfactants using substrates from renewable-resources 
  • Improved Production of Rhamnolipids by a Pseudomonas aeruginosa Mutant
  • Screening of the biosurfactants from thermotolerant microorganisms
  • Selection of Microrganisms for Biosurfactant Production Using Agroindustrial Wastes
  • Biosurfactant Production by a New Pseudomonas putida Strain
  • Integrated systems for biosurfactant synthesis
  • Development of Highly Functional Biosurfactants Using Yeasts
  • Producing Biosurfactants from Waste Materials
  • Pilot Plant Production of Rhamnolipid Biosurfactant by Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • A New Lipopeptide Biosurfactant Produced by Arthrobacter sp. Strain 


  • Alternative methodology for isolation of Biosurfactant-producing bacteria
  • Antibiotic and Biosurfactant Properties of Cyclic Lipopeptides 
  • Properties of Biosurfactant Enzymatically Prepared From Fructose and Palm Fatty Acid
  • Isolation and partial characterization of a Biosurfactant produced by Streptococcus thermophilus A 
  • Isolation of Biosurfactant Producing Bacteria from Oil Reservoirs 
  • Synthesis and interfacial properties of sophorolipid derivatives


  • Mechanisms Conferring a Rhodococcus Species with High Resistance to Benzene
  • Biocompatible Surface active Glycolipids For Coating Super Paramagnetic Nanoparticles
  • Effects of Rhamnolipid Biosurfactants on Removal of Phenanthrene from Soil 
  • Quorum signal molecules as biosurfactants affecting swarming in Rhizobium etli
  • Effects of Rhamnolipid Biosurfactants on Removal of Phenanthrene from Soil
  • Influence of Biosurfactants from Probiotic Bacteria on Formation of Biofilms on Voice Prostheses
  • The Effect of Biosurfactants on the Fate and Transport of Nonpolar Organic Contaminants in Porous Media
  • Streptococcus thermophilus and Its Biosurfactants Inhibit Adhesion  by Candida spp. on Silicone Rubber
  • The enhancement by surfactants of hexadecane degradation by Pseudomonas aeruginosa varies with substrate availability

Company Profiles

  • Company in Norway
  • Company in Saukville, WI
  • Company in Massachusetts
  • Company in New York
  • Company in Borger
  • Company in St. Petersburg


  • Biosurfactant Cyclopeptide Compound Produced by culturing a Specific Arthrobacter Microorganism
  • Biosurfactant cyclopeptide compound produced by culturing a specific Arthrobacter microorganism
  • Lipopolysaccharide Biosurfactant
  • Microbiological Production of Novel Biosurfactant 
  • Microbial Biosurfactants as Agents for Controlling Pests
  • Microbially Produced Rhamnolipids for the Control of Plant Pathogenic Zoosporic Fungi
  • Biosurfactant and Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Enhanced Production of Biosurfactant Through the Use of a Mutated B Subtilis Strain
  • Treating an Electrocoat System with a Biosurfactant
  • Rhamnolipids in Bakery Products

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  • Development of Biosurfactant Based Technologies for Enhanced Oil Recovery and Sulfide Reduction
  • New Approaches for Bioaugmentation as a Remediation Technology
  • Microbially Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Biosurfactants Using Yeasts Forming Nanocapsule Liposomes Suitable For Use As Moisturisers and Cosmetics At One Tenth The Cost Of Natural Ceramides
  • Complex Soil Remediation Technology
  • Biosurfactant technology for remediation of cadmium and lead contaminated soils


  • Medication Advisor of Fairview Health Services, Minneapolis
  • Biomaxx Systems in Canada
  • Etec Environmental Technologies in Portland
  • Curriculum Vitae of a Professional Engineer, Michigan, USA
  • Experts
  • Expert in Montreal, QC


  • Influence of biosurfactants on microbial adhesion to surfaces
  • Using Biosurfactants Produced from Agriculture Process Waste Streams to Improve Oil Recovery in Fractured Carbonate Reservoirs
  • Biosurfactant Produced from Used Vegetable Oil for Removal of Metals From Waste waters and Soils
  • Demonstration of a Biotreatment Technology Using Biolysis and Dredging
  • Biosurfactants and Control of Oomycete Pathogens
  • Groundwater Remediation Using Biosurfactants
  • The Effect of Biosurfactants on the Fate and Transport of Nonpolar Organic Contaminants in Porous Media 
  • Oil Pollution


  • Biosurfactants in industry
  • Multiple Roles of Biosurfactants in Structural Biofilm Development by Pseudomonas aeruginosa 
  • Evaluation of biosurfactants for crude oil contaminated soil washing
  • Biosurfactants: potential applications in medicine
  • Enhancement of recovery of residual oil using a biosurfactant slug 
  • Clean up of oil spillages using Biosurfactant
  • Biosurfactants for cosmetic applications
  • Novel Applications of Microbially-Produced Surfactants
  • Wettability Alteration of Carbonate   Rock Mediated by Biosurfactant

Material Safety Data Sheet

  • JBR425
  • Rhamnolipid biosurfactant Fact Sheet
  • Gold Crew® P², Environmental Biosurfactant
  • PartsWasher BB™
  • PetroSolv


  • Indian Institute of Petroleum: Bringing technology to the market place
  • Sustainable Surfactants: Renewable Feedstocks for the 21st Century - The needs of the surfactants industry
  • Trends in Life Sciences - U.S. Market
  • Biosurfactant Green Fluorescent Protein


  • Biosurfactant- Producing Bacteria Found in Contaminated and Uncontaminated Soils
  • Evaluation of Sub-micellar Synthetic Surfactants versus Biosurfactants for Enhanced LNAPL Recovery
  • Biotransformation of Alkanes, Alkylbenzenes and their Derivatives by Genetically Engineered Yarrowia Lipolytica Strains
  • Comparison of Synthetic Surfactants and Biosurfactants in Enhancing Biodegradation of Polycyclic aromatic Hydrocarbons
  • Influence of Biosurfactant on Interactive Forces between Mutans Streptococci and Enamel Measured by Atomic Force Microscopy 
  • Rhamnolipid Biosurfactant
  • Water Resources Center Annual Technical Report
  • Microbial Bioavailability and Desorption of Aged Organic Contaminants
  • Influence of Biosurfactants on Soil Aged Organic Contaminant Transport


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